You’ve no doubt heard it plenty of times: ear training is really important. Whether it’s from friends, band mates, teachers or world-class guitarists. But why exactly is ear training important? For years, I couldn’t really answer this question. And even though I did many of the ear training exercises, I was never really sure what […]
How to Play Guitar By Ear
Learning to play the guitar by ear is the most important skill a guitarist can develop. The guitar can be a difficult instrument to learn at times, and improving your listening skills is one of the best ways to grow as a musician.
A few years ago figuring out songs by ear was the primary way of learning guitar. Let’s see how you can develop your musical ear through transcribing songs.
Here’s a tip on hearing and playing with key centers. This could help players who can already play a few songs. They can even be three-chord songs.
Someone who can successfully transcribe fast melodies is someone who uses everything he knows about music to make educated guesses at what he’s hearing. In other words, the more theory you know – especially theory related to the genre of the music you’re transcribing – the better.
We’ve been digging into the “One Finger Method,” but we’re going to take a break from that to do a bit of playing by ear. This new tip is a quick one. The idea behind this tip is to use just one finger on one string to play a simple melody. The melody we’ll use is from “The First Noel.”
So far we’ve looked a lot and figuring out melodies by ear on the piano. Now it’s time to try those melodies on the guitar.
As you develop your ear, you’ll want to learn more melodies and be able to figure them out more quickly. This is what ear training is all about.
The instrument that’s best suited to learning to play by ear is the piano. Let’s talk a bit about major scale patterns on the piano. This will help you.